Plans to convert former Pizza Hut into a health clinic

A local developer is converting the former Pizza Hut property in Monticello into a medical clinic and is asking the city for Tax Increment Financing help.

Jerry Douglas debuting new album at Allerton concert

There is the impression that a song reaches perfection once a studio recording is completed.

Bement school board learns about STEM; recognizes award

Bement school board members took time out of their monthly meeting Aug. 9 to play with some science toys recently purchased by the school district.

Of course they were educational in nature, meant to emphasize STEM basics, but they were fun nonetheless.

EPA lawsuit against city officially settled

With a $12,500 check sent, the state’s lawsuit against the City of Monticello over sanitary sewer overflow violations has officially ended.

Ground breaking for DeLand water project

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Village of DeLand’s new water system will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. It is open to the public and will be held at the well site, located approximately five miles south of the village, on the west side of County Highway 5 (DeLand-Monticello Road) just north of the intersection with County Farm Road.

WWI encampment at Railway Museum

The Illinois State Military Museum is teaming up with the Monticello Railway Museum to provide a World War I living history event in conjunction with steam train rides this Saturday.

Looking Up: Ready for Monday's eclipse

As long as the weather cooperates, expect most routine activity to stop over next Monday’s lunch hour. That’s when a near-total solar eclipse can be seen in Central Illinois, the first time locals will see the moon block out most of the sun since 1979.

Bement school thefts being investigated

Authorities are investigating two separate criminal acts that occurred in the Bement school building this summer. One involved a break-in at the school July 2, with the other revolving around the employee of a contractor who reportedly swiped a projector out of a classroom.

Kirby warns of Caller ID scam

When Mark Fred’s wife informed him she received a call from Kirby Medical Center asking for financial information, he knew it was time to get up to speed on Caller ID spoofing.

Especially since he is the Chief Operating Officer of the Monticello-based hospital.

New alderman named to city council

The Monticello city council has a new alderman. Ian Clark, 39, has been appointed to the position vacated by the death of Lyle Murdock on June 15. The appointment was made by Mayor Larry Stoner at Monday’s city council meeting, and after unanimous ratification by the city council Clark was officially seated.

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